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Baseball Betting bet on Phillies and Dodgers to continue streak

Baseball Betting - bet on Phillies and Dodgers to continue streak

The good thing about wagering on sports this time of year is that with a plethora of activity, you may fine a soft line here or there if you probe hard enough. Two teams who are beginning to get healthy and make some noise are the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Philadelphia Phillies seek to push their winning streak to 10 games for the first time in nearly 15 years when they wrap up a three-game series against resurgent Tom Glavine and the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday.

With a 5-4 win in the middle game of the series on Tuesday, Philadelphia (18-14) has won nine in a row for the first time since a 13-game streak from July 30-Aug. 12, 1991.

The streak also has allowed the Phillies to move within two games of the Mets, who sit atop the NL East and are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak of 2006.

The City of Brotherly Love is beginning to embrace the Phil’s as both the 76ers and Flyers have been banished from their respective sports and the players are brimming with confidence. Having won 9 in a row and facing a pitcher (Glavine), you would think the Phil’s would be rock solid favorites, but the morning line has the game a pick-em!

The lefty’s last two outing have been superb however and there should be some Mets money to keep the odds attractive if you are a Cory Liddle fan. The right-hander will try to put together consecutive wins for the first time this season. Against Atlanta on Friday, he gave up three runs and five hits with a season-high three walks over six innings in a 6-3 victory that lifted the Phillies to .500 for the first time this year.

He's had success against his former team, going 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in five outings, striking out 26 and walking just five.

Glavine (4-2, 1.94) will make the start for New York looking for his 280th career win, but also looking to beat the Phillies for the first time in 10 starts.

Since last defeating Philadelphia on Sept. 19, 2002, Glavine is 0-7 with a 5.82 ERA and opponents have hit .298 against him. He has dropped his last five starts versus them, allowing 24 runs and 35 hits in 29 innings.

Overall, Glavine is 24-16 with a 3.77 ERA in his career against Philadelphia.

At 40, Glavine is pitching recently like the two-time Cy Young Award winner he is. In wins April 29 over Atlanta and Thursday against Pittsburgh, the left-hander has given up just seven hits with 11 strikeouts and just three walks in 14 innings.

Take the Phillies to extend their streak!

In the other game you have two teams passing each other in the express elevator. The Dodgers are on their way to the penthouse, while Houston is freefalling to the outhouse. LA winner of 4 in a row is beginning to get production from their big name players Garciaparra, Drew and as always Jeff Kent.

On the other hand you have Astro’s slugger Lance Berkman in a terrible funk hitless in five at-bats and is 4-for-20 with no RBIs on the road trip. Only 14 of his 36 RBIs have come on the road. Tonight momentum is in the Dodger’s favorite.

Brett Tomko (3-1, 3.41 ERA) has been outstanding in his last three outings for Los Angeles, going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in that stretch. He did not win his last outing despite allowing five hits over seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 loss to San Diego on Thursday.

"I tweaked a couple of things in the bullpen this week, and it worked. I felt more comfortable with my off-speed stuff," Tomko said. "It would have been a lot nicer if we would have come out with the win."

The veteran right-hander is 4-5 with a 4.90 ERA in 13 career starts against Houston.

Impressive Houston rookie Taylor Buchholz (2-1, 2.16) will oppose Tomko in his fifth career start. Buchholz is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA since joining the rotation on April 17.

The right-hander failed to record a decision his last time out after allowing three runs and six hits over seven innings in a 5-4 loss at Colorado last Friday.

You have to grab LA at -110!

Home Poker Tournaments – No Limit Betting or Raising

Home Poker Tournaments – No Limit Betting/Raising

One of the great moments in a No Limit Holdem tournament comes when you hear a player announce that he/she is “All-In”. In No Limit poker, players are allowed to back up their hands with every chip they have available. While there is no limit on the maximum a player is allowed to bet, this doesn’t mean that there are no rules governing betting in No Limit holdem.

Before the Flop:

There are two forced bets, the blinds. Anyone wanting to see the flop must match the bet of the big blind by “calling”. Players may decline to play the hand and fold, or they may really like their cards and decide to raise.

The minimum raise on this betting round is double the big blind. Players may bet more than that, but they cannot bet less. For example, the blinds are $200 and $400. A player wishing to raise may not make the bet total $500. They may call for $400, or raise for $800 or more.

After the Flop:

Once the flop has been dealt, players in the hand are allowed to “check” if there is no bet before them. If a player would like to bet, they place something called a bring-in bet that must be at least the size of the big blind. In our example, where the big blind is $400, the bring-in bet must be at least $400. It may be $410. It may be $500.

This is a bring-in bet, not a raise, and doesn’t need to follow the same rules as a raise.

Raising on any Round:

In order to raise in No Limit holdem, you must double the bet made before you. Here is an example:

> small blind posts $200

> big blind posts $400

> #3 wants to raise. The bet in front of him is for $400, so he must at least double that amount. He can raise $400 or more, making the total bet $800 or more.

This becomes less clear when players are re-raising. For example:

> small blind posts $200

> big blind posts $400

> #3 raises $600, making the total bet $1,000

> #4 wishes to re-raise. The bet before him is a $600 raise. He must raise at least $600 more, making the total bet $1,600.

There is an unlimited amount of re-raises in no limit poker. In limit poker betting rounds are often capped at four bets per round. This is not the case in no limit where players can re-raise each other until one runs of out chips to raise with.

Verbal statements are binding. If a player declares an action, they are bound to it.


What is a “string bet”?

In no limit poker, players can raise by performing one of two actions. They can announce the amount that they are raising, and then take their time putting the chips into the pot using as many hand motions as necessary.

Or, they may place a set of chips in the pot in one single motion.

They may not announce a raise, and then repeatedly go from their chip stack to the pot, adding chips each time. This is a string bet, and it is not allowed. Players may try to do this so that they can read their opponents as they add chips, adding until it becomes apparent they will not be called.

In a tournament I told a player I was calling his bet and raising him more chips. He said that is illegal. Is that true?

That’s true. It is illegal. Players are given one action per turn, and verbal declarations are binding. So, once you declare that you are calling, that’s what you’ve committed yourself to doing. Calling.

It seems trivial, and in some friendly games it might be. But, as a matter of proper procedure, in money games it only takes a moment to announce your intention correctly and will save you grief in the future. Simply say “I raise”.